A turkey made out of leaves. A no-bake pumpkin pie. A look at the native land you live on. We've put a twist on traditional Thanksgiving activities and lesson plan ideas for elementary students.
Have your students try one or more of our hands-on projects and activities to celebrate the holiday while boosting their math, reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills. Of course, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving if we didn't take time out to show our gratitude. At HMH, we're thankful for all of the educators who work hard every day to shape students' lives.
Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Ideas and Activities
No hand-traced turkeys here! Try these fun Thanksgiving activities with your elementary students. The best part? They can all be tackled in person or remotely.
1. Word Play
What’s a turkey’s favorite dessert? Challenge students to unscramble
the Thanksgiving-related words in our Word Scramble to get the punch line. To extend the activity, have
students write a silly or serious story using every word in the jumble.
You might also start a class discussion about the words. Ask: Do these
words reflect your family’s Thanksgiving traditions? What words would
you keep, delete, or add? Finally, students can continue the word play
by creating their own word jumble with a different theme. Some themes
they might choose: autumn, harvest, or fall sports.
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